I was due at the end of May to visit my regular High Street Optician. Instead, I took up the offer to see a visiting ophthalmologist at the local charity concern. I had to wait almost 3 months to get an appointment, but it was well worth it in the end. Here are the benefits I found:
1) They issue prescriptions but do not dispense, so there is no pressure on getting new specs, which I had year after year, though sometimes they felt no different from the old ones.
2) He spent almost 3/4 an hour with me in a relaxed atmosphere, telling me his findings and answering all my questions. What a difference from High Street Opticians and visits to the eye Clinic where you feel you are on a conveyor belt!
3) I learnt something new, too. The large number of floaters in my 'good eye' are not the more common floaters - the clumping together of vitreous gel - but Asteroid Hyalosis, a build up of calcium and lipids. I had never heard of the term and in fact no one had ever commented on the state of my right eye before even though the sight in that eye is no better than in the left. Both eyes, however, are scanned and monitored regularly. I would really rather be told exactly what is going on.
I certainly will go back there in a years time.